“The X Factor UK” sent two more artists home in the season 15, week five live results show which aired in the U.S. Nov. 19 on AXS TV. Judges Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams have all managed to keep at least one act in the competition thus far.
But last night, Simon’s three-act lead experienced a huge shake-up as rapper Bella Penfold received the lowest number of public votes and was sent home immediately. Powerhouse vocalist Shan Ako was left to battle teen duo Acacia and Aaliyah in an intense sing-off. Both acts smashed it, with Shan singing an incredible rendition of "Rise Up" by Andra Day. The vote was split 2 to 2 between the judges, which pushed the decision to deadlock. Shan was eliminated after receiving the lowest number of public votes.
Simon’s jaw dropped at the shocking revelation. Shan Ako astounded everyone with her vibrant original song at the Judges Houses round. And, she is one of the strongest vocalists this season. So, how did this happen? Her sudden exit begs the question: Did the public get it wrong with Shan Ako?
“The X Factor UK” is known for delivering a lot of surprises. All the judges repeatedly branded Shan a star this season. She has incredible stage presence, poise, and mad vocal prowess. In a surprising move of his own, Simon pulled his executive producer card and told Shan that both she and Bella will be joining the six semi-finalists on the upcoming “X Factor UK” live tour.
Win or lose, Shan arguably deserves a record deal. It’ll be interesting to see if her career advances from here. Remaining contenders who will fight next week for a place in the finals are Scarlett Lee for the Girls, Danny Tetley for the Overs, and Acacia and Aaliyah for the Groups.
Louis Tomlinson is the only judge will all three of his acts still in the competition. Dalton Harris, Anthony Russell and Brendan Murray enter the semifinals for the Boys. After a stunning performance of “Listen” this week, Harris remains a standout and should arguably sail on through to the finals. Nothing is guaranteed, though, and no one is safe.
“The X Factor UK” airs in the U.S. on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV.